Cowboys go for glory on back of bucking steers
RODEO: Kobi Tate and Mick Brackin are two of 12 Warwick Cowboys footballers aiming to go eight seconds on a bucking steer at the Octeros Cabinets Warwick Cowboys Rodeo on September 6.
While there is a local steer ride for players from any footy club or the community, the Warwick Cowboys Steer Ride is for registered Cowboys players.
The Cowboys can also go for the money in the local steer ride.
The rodeo will be all about bucking cattle and there won't be a horse in sight.
This year's is the sixth annual rodeo and is even more important in a season when the team has made the grand final.
It costs extra money to field teams in A-grade grand finals and the Cowboys are hoping their major fundraiser for the season will earn the club $20,000.
While Brackin has a bit of experience in rodeo, Tate will be jumping on a bucking steer for the first time.
Brackin has placed in the bull ride at many rodeos, including a best of 78 points for second in second division at Woodford, but isn't claiming favouritism.
"I reckon Kobi will be a surprise with his ride,” he said.
"A lot of people are surprised with how well the Cowboys players ride.”
Brackin won the Cowboys Steer Ride three years ago but has been unplaced since.
He beat A-grade half Trent Achilles by one point in his first steer ride at the club.
"They score a steer ride differently to a bull ride,” he said.
"The steer took off at one rodeo when I wasn't quite ready and I missed a place.”
Brackin said while bulls generally spin with a rider on their back, steers are more likely to run in one direction or just buck.
"Occasionally you jump on a steer that spins,” he said.
Tate is a fan of rodeo and is keen to watch the bucking events in the National Rodeo Association on September. 6
"The rodeo will be good for the club,” he said. "Eight seconds will be a long time,” referring to the time needed to hold on to get a score.
"I am not going to practise and just hope to wing it on the night,” Tate said.
A bike sponsored by Charlie Thorn from Warwick Milko and Killarney Ice will be won by the child who picks up the lucky ping-pong ball in a rodeo break. Nomination details for rodeo events on the Cowboys Facebook page.